What we'll see this week in the SEC: The legend of Jeremy Johnson begins

With all due respect to Kanye West, I'm a tad bit more excited about the start of the college football season than his future presidential run.

Juuuust a tad though.

But before we can fully dive into Yeezy 2020, we're checking to see what each SEC team can offer our eyes in Week 1:


  • What we want to see: Bueller? Bueller? Can we see a real starting quarterback for the Tide? We don't care who it is, we just want to see someone take the bulk of the snaps against Wisconsin and look good.

  • What we'll see: Remember Derrick Henry? He'll cross the 100-yard rushing mark by the start of the fourth quarter and get that Heisman hemi humming.


  • What we want to see: A passing game with one of those fancy new pulses where the quarterback throws for like four touchdowns and at least 250 yards. Brandon Allen can manage that against UTEP, right?

  • What we'll see: Arkansas' defensive line, which can rotate a bunch of big ol' boys this year, will swallow up UTEP's offensive line. Two sacks for lineman JaMichael Winston.


  • What we want to see: Duh, a cage match between Will Muschamp and Todd Grantham. We could settle for seeing Carl Lawson get back into playing shape and making a play or 10?

  • What we'll see: The legend of Jeremy Johnson is about to begin. Right now, the quarterback is more of an urban legend because few have seen him do much, but his greatness will grow after a big game against Louisville.


  • What we want to see: An offensive pulse and a quarterback who can officially take over this job so Jim McElwain can really get to work at his new job.

  • What we'll see: Will Grier and Treon Harris will get overshadowed by the emergence of freshman running back Jordan Scarlett, who will help trample New Mexico State's lowly defense.


  • What we want to see: Georgia fans' reactions to Greyson Lambert being named the starter were lukewarm, but watching him methodically lead this offense with no turnovers would be a good start to fully embracing him.

  • What we'll see: Nick Chubb should hit 150 rushing yards by halftime against UL Monroe. Sounds about right.


  • What we want to see: Kentucky lost a lot of talent up front, but Mark Stoops likes the young guys he has. It would be nice to see some nice rotation and production up front to get some momentum flowing.

  • What we'll see: Now that Patrick Towles is the guy (again), he's gonna light up the Ragin' Cajuns with the improved and more experienced receiving talent around him. Air Raid!


  • What we want to see: Hey Brandon Harris, this is your team now. Show us why you earned it! Oh, you're playing McNeese State? OK, a simple 200 passing yards and 100 rushing yards will suffice.

  • What we'll see: Harris might not hit 100 rushing yards, but he will shine in this glorified scrimmage. He'll be so good, we'll all start viewing LSU as a playoff contender.

Mississippi State

  • What we want to see: C-H-R-I-S ... J-O-N-E-S! So much talent and potential, but will we see it? We need to see the punishing lineman who excelled as a freshman.

  • What we'll see: Ashton Shumpert will show that Mississippi State's running game is in good hands. He's been the best in camp, and he'll take full advantage of the bulk of the carries he receives against Southern Miss.


  • What we want to see: It would be nice if Mizzou's receivers registered more than the 10 career catches they bring into the season on Saturday. SE Missouri State shouldn't hurt that request, and we'd also like to see a real go-to threat step up.

  • What we'll see: The emergence of another freshman defensive lineman is coming. Terry Beckner Jr. will have more than a solid debut and there's a chance he might eat someone Saturday ... pads and all.

Ole Miss

  • What we want to see: It's time for Chad Kelly to take over this team. He's getting the first snaps at quarterback, but he needs to make sure he takes most of the snaps, and looks really good doing it.

  • What we'll see: Absolutely nothing from Tennessee-Martin. The Rebels defense won't allow a single point on Saturday.

South Carolina

  • What we want to see: Some sort of pass-rush! Just have someone or some people get to the quarterback on a consistent basis! We're looking at you, Marquavius Lewis ...

  • What we'll see: Pharoh Cooper will score a touchdown two different ways against North Carolina. He'll catch one and either return a kick, rush for another or throw one.


  • What we want to see: We know that Jalen Hurd is really good, but we want to know how scary this running game will be with Alvin Kamara helping him out.

  • What we'll see: Tennessee's scary pass rush will generate at least six sacks on Saturday against a Bowling Green team that allowed two per game last year.

Texas A&M

  • What we want to see: Kyler Murray in some form or fashion. Yes, Kyle Allen is the starter and he'll be fine, but we've waited long enough to see Murray make some ankle-breaking play that keeps us wondering how long he'll be No. 2.

  • What we'll see: The mighty return of Ricky Seals-Jones! He was almost an afterthought in the Aggies' offense last year, but Arizona State allowed 7.5 yards per pass attempt last year, so, welcome back!


  • What we want to see: A consistent quarterback. Vandy thought it had that last year, then made a change. Will someone please stand up?

  • What we'll see: An exhausted Vandy defense. Western Kentucky averaged 7.05 per play last year and quarterback Brandon Doughty and running back Leon Allen combined for 6,372 yards of offense last year.